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Hoppy Feet - Clown Shoes

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1,320 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,320
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 75
Gots: 195 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jlindros on 12-26-2009

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - an abundant caramel head with great lacing welcomed this black ale with mahogany highlights

S - burnt pine, sugar

T - Rich roasted flavors melded with hop flavors and a long finish with chocolate and some nuttiness. Light and only a hint of the 7% ABV.

M - Light, smooth and mild carbonation allows the flavors to take center stage.

Nicely balanced black IPA. Well crafted, easy to appreciate, easy to approach.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of JizackFH
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a really dark brown color. It has about two fingers of light tan head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leave some scattered wispy lace behind on the glass. There is a bit of a reddish glow around the edges when held to the light.

S - The nose has a good amount of roasted malt and some piney hop aroma. There are some aromas of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a somewhat medicinal smell.

T - The taste follows the nose pretty well. It starts off with some good roasted malt flavor. There is a nice piney hop flavor as well. There are also some flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and some earthiness. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt and earthy piney hop flavor behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a bit of an oily resin hop feel to it, as well as a nice hop bitterness.

O - This has good drinkability. It has good flavor, and I could easily have a few pints of it. Overall, I think this is a good beer and a nice example of the style. The roasted malts and hops meld quite well together. I recommend trying it out. I would drink it again. This is my first Clown Shoes beer, but I look forward to trying more.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – jet black or very dark brown in color, with about two fingers’ worth of frothy tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly like a stout.

Smell – a somewhat phenolic kind of smell, like something medicinal, but also tinged with a slight chocolaty or roasted quality.

Taste – at the very first it seems somewhat milky and/or chocolaty, but then the roasted a biting flavors and feelings of the hops strike hold and don’t let up until well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – pretty interesting taste, although not terribly intriguing, but at the same time not at all dull.

Photo of Rifugium
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Slight differences between this and the 1.5, I felt, but they're still both pretty good selections. Dark brown-black color, a small cap of off-white head that receded to a ringlet, leaving just a few streaks of lacing on the glass. Aroma is pine-hop-forward, with some dark roasted malts coming through. Taste of piney and citrusy hops, a bit more bitter than the 1.5, with a somewhat subtler chocolate flavor, more roasty with dark malts, and more resinous in the mouth. Medium body, decently drinkable overall, but can be a little harsh if you're not prepared for it.

Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MrHirschybar!

Nearly black in color with a quickly forming, moderately sized brown head that leaves spots of lace down the glass. Very nice for the style.

The aroma is mostly of roasted and dark malt with a bit of floral hop character. Nicely aromatic, and appropriate for the style, though this leans further to the stout side of the spectrum than the IPA side.

The hops are nearly lost in the flavor with the roasted and dark malt characteristics dominating--good thing they're quite tasty. There's a lingering aftertaste of coffee that lingers on and on. Very nice, though certainly not complex.

Medium to full bodied with moderate to high carbonation. A true pleasure to drink.

A great beer, though I wish it had more hop character.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light dry roasted malt notes with semi bitter hops profile. Taste is also a mix between some roasted malt notes with dry notes and some medium bitter hops flavours. Body is a bit light with good carbonation. Not bad though hops flavours could have been more upfront.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap at TJs in Paoli. Clown Shoes lands in PA!

A: A dark brownish color that is not quite black. A light brown head sits atop the glass and produces nice lacing.

S: Roasted smells mixed with some caramel sweetness and a dose of earthy piney hops. I like it.

T: Dark roasted flavors jump out with dark chocolate and some coffee. The roasted flavors get mixed with the caramel and toffee sweetness that is quickly overcome by the huge pine and earthy hops. Finish is bitter with hops and some of the roastiness sticking around. Nice beer and more of a Black IPA if you ask me.

M: Nice, full, coating, prickly and a hint of alcohol.

O: My first try of their beers and I really liked this one. A prototypical black IPA with the roasted flavors and the massive hops. Nice.

I really liked this beer and I eagerly await more from them. TJs has a bunch of other stuff on the upcoming tap list so I'll be trying more. Glad they arrived!

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

Very dark red with some brown and black mixed in as well, looks kinda sludgy. Ring around the glass. Semi slight dots of lace, nothing extraordinary. Smell is piney, grapefruit that's sharp, semi boozy even with the low ABV, malts are in the forefront. Taste is a black IPA alright, sharp taste of grapefruit and oily hops, resinous. Some malt in the back, not terribly complex. Medium bodied, highly carbed, kinda prickly on the tounge there, bitterness is noted. I kinda liked this stuff, it did not blow me away, but I will look for it again, maybe.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jsanford
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours dark black with a creamy mocha-colored head that settles to a solid cap.
S - Pleasant aromas of grapefruit and pine resin hops with a roasty malt backbone of coffee and chocolate cake.
T - Similar to the nose, nicely balanced between the bitterness of the pine resin/grapefruit hops and the espresso/dark chocolate malt. Finish is long-lasting and bitter, and the 7% ABV is hidden nicely.
M - Smooth and quite creamy, with a touch-over-medium body and good carbonation.
O - Another great Black IPA from Clown Shoes (I had previously had the Hoppy Feet 1.5, which was also good).

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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